House Representative Liz Cheney vowed last year to leave the Republican Party if Trump is nominated in 2024.
“I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee,” Cheney said late last year.
“And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.” Cheney, who has long been critical of Trump, has become increasingly critical of her party itself. “Donald Trump is the only president in American history who refused to guarantee a peaceful transition of power,” Cheney said, adding that the GOP “has refused in the months since then to stand up to him,” which “does tell you how sick the party is.”
Liz Cheney: She Is No Democrat
But let’s keep in mind: Liz Cheney is a conservative. So, don’t expect her to join the Democrats anytime soon.
“By any fair measure, Rep. Liz Cheney is a conservative Republican,” Steve Bene wrote for MSNBC last year. “The Wyoming congresswoman voted with the Trump White House roughly 94 percent of the time, and up until last year, she was a member of the House GOP leadership in good standing.”
And remember: Liz Cheney campaigned as a Republican just last year – a race that she lost.
Had Cheney won that race, she would very happily still be a Republican looking forward to another term in the House, rather than a lame-duck.
Ultimately, however, it doesn’t really matter who Cheney campaigns for – that’s purely political stuff. What matters is how she legislates, how she governs, and what she does rather than what she says. And with respect to what she does, Cheney is a thoroughbred conservative. Political scientist Lawrence R. Jacobs once described Cheney as “an arch conservative. She’s a hard-edged, small government, lower taxes figure and a leading voice on national defense.”
Journalist Jake Bernstein agrees: “Cheney is a true conservative in every sense of the word and she’s only moderate in relation to the radicalism that has seized the Republican party.”
Cheney’s policies are consistently conservative. In foreign policy, Cheney opposed Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal; she has continued to espouse that al-Qaeda was connected with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – a disproven notion that served as Dick Cheney’s pretext for invading Iraq; she voted to leave the 2002 Authorization of Military Force in place; she believes U.S. interrogators should torture subjects; she is against the U.S. signing a no-first-use nuclear agreement; she was against the JCPOA.
Basically, Liz Cheney is a carbon copy of her father – one of the most pernicious actors in U.S. foreign policy. Ever.
Cheney has acted with similar conservatism on the domestic side, too. She even refused to denounce the “birther” conspiracy theory, which alleged Barack Obama was not born in America and was hence not eligible to be president – and which also marked Donald Trump’s first foray into the political arena. And while Cheney later recanted, Cheney opposed same-sex marriage during her 2013 Senate campaign – despite the fact that her sister Mary is a lesbian.
Circling back to the Donald, is she denouncing Trump, vowing to vote Republican because of her virtuous, unshakable principles? That’s doubtful. She, likely in counsel with her father, long ago ran the numbers and calculated that there would be political benefits to opposing Trump. Whether those calculations were correct remains to be seen – she did lose a congressional race in a district she had previously dominated – but this is a long-game move.
Cheney has become a martyred figure that Democrats are, inexplicably, willing to embrace thanks to their myopic focus on anti-Trump initiatives.
Without question, Cheney is a more prominent political figure now than she was before opposing Trump. Good money says her calculations were sound; there was political benefit to opposing Trump. So don’t be too eager to embrace Cheney as a champion of the left.
She’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, playing into liberal neurosis of a democracy-degrading Trump.
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Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken. Follow him on Twitter @harrison_kass.
Dr. Scooter Van Neuter
September 26, 2022 at 2:23 pm
Absolutely nobody cares – Liz is already a Democrat.
September 26, 2022 at 7:14 pm
Liz is a neoconservative, not an arch conservative. She believes in big government abroad at all costs, and favors military interventions everywhere at any time. She and the Dems have this in common—support for hubristic emotive “humanitarian” interventions abroad to “make the world safe for democracy”. S they’re welcome to her.
February 8, 2023 at 4:01 pm
Could it be Rhino’s usually like another Rhino, just saying!
February 9, 2023 at 3:07 pm
We have had blue dog democrats in Congress many times. She is welcome to join whenever she wants!
February 10, 2023 at 10:30 am
I don’t care what she is. Right now I’d be happy to put her into office just to take the next few years cleaning up her end of the field so we could go back to battling policy and ideas.
Phyllis Jean Henry
February 10, 2023 at 2:09 pm
You deserve the government you elect. If you like paying 29% interest, forced to eat poor quality food as prices rise that will NEVER come back down and the government totally control each fish, they feed you a day then everything is great.
February 10, 2023 at 5:04 pm
She is like Romney a Democrat in Conservatives costume America does not want her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 10, 2023 at 7:05 pm
I would vote for Liz Cheney. She is intelligent and she stands her ground regardless of what people think of her.
May 5, 2023 at 3:54 pm
Gross Geri. By that logic and metric for supporting someone, one could find themselves backing a Himmler or Heinrich.